Most catalogues covering 2018 Australian yearling sales are likely to have offspring of emerging top sire All Too Hard within their pages. Leading the way for him are 33 lots booked into Australia’s biggest yearling sale, the prestigious Magic Millions Sale collection to be offered over six sessions at the Gold Coast January 10-16.
The All Too Hard representation includes half a dozen from More Than Ready mares and others from daughters of Redoute’s Choice, Zabeel, Fastnet Rock, Mossman, Hussonet, Encosta de Lago, Dehere, Dansili, General Nediym, Thorn Park, Husson, Holy Roman Emperor, Al Maher and Starcraft.
He is one of 62 sires who got their offspring from use at Hunter Valley studs, contributing between them 900 of the 1062 lots to the catalogue covering the Gold Coast sale, one which is recognised as one of the world’s elite and most rewarding markets.
Other sires with ten or more lots by the Hunter Valley sires in the catalalogue in alphabetical order are Animal Kingdom (USA) (12), Brazen Beau (27), Choisir (22), Deep Field (56), Dissident (44), Epaulette (11), Exceed and Excel (21), Fastnet Rock (31), Foxwedge (16), Hallowed Crown 10, Hinchinbrook 21, I Am Invincible (44), More Than Ready (USA) (42), Not a Single Doubt (36), Olympic Glory (Ire) 19, Pierro 17, Redoute’s Choice (18), Rubick (38), Sebring (34), Shooting to Win 32, Sizzling 13, Smart Missile 22, Snitzel 47, So You Think (NZ) 21, Star Witness 22, Stratum 11, Wandjina 27 and Zoustar 24.
Sires among these with first crop yearlings are Brazen Beau, Deep Field, Dissident, Hallowed Crown, Olympic Glory, Rubick, Shooting to Win and Wandjina.
Consignors from the Hunter Valley with six or more lots are Amarina Farm 19, Arrowfield 63, Attunga 9, Baramul 91, Berkeley Park 6, Bhima 15, Coolmore 54, Cressfield 8, Edinglassie 17, Fernrigg Farm 13, Glastonbury Farms 21, Holbrook Thoroughbreds 8, Kia Ora 16, Kitchwin Hills 30, Luskin Park 7, Newgate Farm 43, Riversdale19, Segenhoe 19, Sledmere 31, Southern Cross Breeders 13, Torryburn 9, Turangga 9,Vinery 23, Widden 41, Willow Park 10 and Yarraman Park 25.
Other prominent NSW breeding farms represented include Bowness 10, Corumbene 12, Lime Country Thoroughbreds 6, Lomar Park 13, Manx Park 5, Meredith Park 9, Milburn Creek 12, Newhaven Park, Redbank North 8, Strawberry Hill 5, Tartan Fields 10 and Tyreel 6.
The bulk of the yearlings from vendors outside NSW, including Victoria and Queensland, are by Hunter Valley sires. A major Victorian exception is Woodside Park,Tylden, their 16 lot consignment including seven of the 27 by their resident champion Victorian sire Written Tycoon and six in the second crop of the Northern Meteor dual Group1 winner Zoustar. He alternates on a yearly arrangement between the Woodside and the Widden Stud in the Hunter Valley. Widden have four Zoustars in their draft.
Other Victorian vendors include Ampulla Lodge 5 lots, Noorilim Park 9, Rosemont 11, Sun Stud 11 and Three Bridges 10,
Heralding a new upmarket era for the image of Queensland, the Chinese Hong Kong owned Aquis Farm at Canungra in a mountain valley near the Gold Coast for the second successive year have one of the major drafts lined up. They submitted 23 in 2017 and have 27 booked in for 2018, all of them by Hunter Valley sires.
Other major Queensland vendors whose consignments include Hunter Valley sired yearlings include Element Hill 17 lots, Lyndhurst 12, Eureka Stud 15, four of them by their young sire Spirit of Boom, Raheen 13, Glenlogan Park 9, Daandine 8, Noralla 8, Kenmore Lodge 7, Lucas Bloodstock 6, Highgrove 5, KBL Thoroughbreds 5, Millbrook 5, Oaklands 5, Yarramalong 5 and Gainsborough Lodge 4.
Another vendor for the sale is Mill Park, Meningie 12, ten of them by Hunter Valley sires, while yet another is Westbury Stud, Karaka NZ, has 15. Westbury Stud, like the Baramul Stud in the Hunter Valley, is owned merchant tycoon Gerry Harvey, principal with wife Katie Page-Harvey of the Magic Millions sales company.
Combining the Baramul and Westbury drafts, Harvey will have over 100 yearlings on offer at the Gold Coast January sale.All the 1062 lots in this catalogue are eligible to compete for the 19 race, $11million plus race series, one open to graduates of Magic Millions Sales. The big highlight of these rewards is a race day at the Gold Coast at sale time including two by $2million races and five at $1million each.
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